|"I gave some to my brother, and he said it was "pretty hot and tempting". Took the words right outta my cup."|
Ingredients for their Blueberry Cheesecake blend were simple enough - green tea (likely Chinese sencha, my favorite), blueberries (seriously, they were huge!), and natural cheesecake and blueberry flavors. Now, I'm not sure how one makes a "natural" cheesecake flavor, since it doesn't exist in nature, but who am I to argue? It smelled awesome - nutty, sweet, and...well...cheesecake-y. A bit of green tea also reflected in the scent, giving me the impression of having dessert after a freshly tossed salad.
Brewing instructions called for 1 tsp in less-than-boiling water steeped for three minutes. By "less than", I assumed somewhere in the 170F-190F range. I erred on the side of caution and went with 175F. My usual for normal with green tea was 170F, but given the blueberry inclusion, I risked an extra bit. (I made sure there were at least three dried berries in my scoop.)
The liquor colored a pale yellow, about what I expected from a Chinese sencha. The aroma was sweet and vanilla like, a fruit presence appeared in trace amounts. As for flavor, it delivered where it was supposed to. Green tea hit first but then was superseded by a creamy fruit splash - sweet and satisfying. Steeped any longer, I think it would have spinached a little, but it turned out just right. And it lived up to its moniker.
I gave some to my brother, and he said it was "pretty hot and tempting". Took the words right outta my cup.
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